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Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA)

Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA)

Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Osborne, University of Glasgow

Co-Investigators: Dr Lavinia Hirsu, University of Glasgow; Dr Katarzyna Borkowska, University of Glasgow; Dr Muir Houston, University of Glasgow; Dr Neil Burnside, University of Glasgow 

The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project funded by the British Academy under the Cities and Infrastructure programme, which is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund. The project is led by the University of Glasgow includes international partners from Iran, Iraq, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The PI is Professor Michael Osborne with Co-Is in Glasgow, Dr Muir Houston and Dr Lavinia Hirsu (School of Education), Dr Katarzyna Borkowska (School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Dr Neil Burnside. Our international partners are:

Iran: Nematollah Azizi, Professor of Education, and Azad Yazdani, Professor of Earthquake Engineering, University of Kurdistan

Iraq: Kamal Ketuly, Associate Professor  in Environmental Chemistry and Sizar Dosky, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Duhok, Iraq

Philippines: Felipe Ronald Argamosa, Vice President and Professor of Engineering, Technological University of the Philippines, and Zenaida Reyes, Dean of Graduate Studies, Philippines National University

South Africa: Marius Venter, Director of the Centre for Local /Economic Development, Nickey van Rensburg, Professor of Economics, University of Johannesburg

Tanzania: Heriel Moshi, Lecturer in Restoration Ecology and Bioenergy, Mpoki Mwaikokesya, Lecturer in Education, University of Dar es Salem

Zimbabwe: Charles Nherara, Professor of Education, University of Zimbabwe, Dr Tendai  Nhenga, Director, Child Rights Research Centre, Africa University

The project addresses a core problem in emerging economies of strengthening the urban engagement role of universities, and ways they contribute to developing sustainable cities in the context of the major social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges facing the global south. It uses a set of well-proven benchmarking tools that as its principal method, and seeks to strengthen the capacity of universities to contribute to city resilience towards natural and human-made disasters. Examples of urban engagement include supporting the development of physical infrastructure, ecological sustainability, and social inclusion (including of migrants). It calls upon contributions from science and engineering, the arts, environmental sciences, social sciences and business studies. It assesses the extent to which universities in the six countries under study can respond to demands of society, and how through dialogue with city stakeholders this can be enhanced and impact on policy; it uses a collaborative team from the UK and emerging economies.

Initial work is underway in each country to profile the engagement role of universities in the cities of Sanandaj, Duhok, Manila, Johannesburg, Dar es Salem and Harare.  In parallel the team are preparing cross-cutting thematic papers in fields concerning the contribution of HEIs systems in these cities to issues that include migration, gender, environmental resilience, energy and economic development.

A first project team meeting is being held in Glasgow from 18-20 November with an open seminar on 19 November, details of which may be downloaded from this page.

A website, is in construction and will be live soon.

Some of the team can be seen in the photo below, taken at a preliminary planning meeting held prior to submitting the proposal in South Africa in June 2017.

Photo of some of the team at a preliminary planning meeting, South Africa, June 2017

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